McMillan Funeral Home

702 West College Street, Booneville, MS


David Cole

April 3, 1937February 5, 2020

David Aaron Cole, 82, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Rosewood Assisted Living in Tupelo. He was born April 3, 1937, to C.A. “Buck” and Sula Cole. He graduated from Booneville High School, attended Northeast Junior College, graduated from Mississippi State University, and received his Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University. He served in the Mississippi National Guard and later the Army reserve in Texas. After college, he served as a Border Patrol Agent in Laredo, Texas. He transitioned from the Border Patrol to the United States Immigration Service, where he served for over 30 years in offices in Boston and New York City before being promoted to Officer in Charge of the Memphis Regional Office. After retiring from the Immigration Service, he started an immigration law practice in Memphis before retiring for a second time and moving back to Booneville. He enjoyed bird hunting, raising bird dogs, fixing cars and reading.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, February 9, 2019, at McMillian Funeral Home with Bro. John Cagle officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

He is survived by one son, Nelson (Susan) Cole of Saltillo; one daughter, Karen (Phillip) Simard of Midlothian, Virginia; one sister, Dorothy (John) Gambill; and four grandchildren, Casey Cole, Miller Cole, Christopher Bartle and Andrew Bartle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Ann Nelson Cole; and his parents.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, February 9, 2020


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Barry Frager

February 9, 2020

I met David when I was a law student at the University of Memphis. He was always gracious with his time and guided me as I began my career as an Attorney. When I was in Los Angeles as an INS Trial Attorney, he answered questions that I had regarding the workings of the Agency.

As an Immigration Attorney in the private bar in Memphis, he was always professional and respectful to all people he encountered. I have fond memories of him and will miss him.

Diane Campbell

February 8, 2020

When I was 21 I was hired to work at Immigration & Naturalization Service by Dave Cole, Officer in Charge, at the Memphis office. That was in 1972 and we have remained friends for 48 yrs. His encouragement and support enabled me to have a wonderful career at INS and I was very happy that he was the main speaker at my own retirement party in 2009 and that his wife Sarah was also there. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. By his character, his example, his positive attitude, and of course his great sense of humor, he made an impact on many people, including me. I will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends.